Sen. Feinstein could hold up food-safety bill over BPA ban

07/12/2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is adamant that a food-safety bill under negotiation in Congress should include a ban on bisphenol A, despite the lack of health warnings from the Food and Drug Administration about the chemical. "If we thought it was unsafe, we would be taking strong regulatory action," said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the FDA's No. 2 official, this year. The American Chemistry Council's polycarbonate/BPA director, Steven Hentges, said banning BPA would only increase the risk of bacterial contamination in foods, as there is no market-ready alternative to the chemical in lining cans and jars.

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